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Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer

Chengdu, China

From US$87.00

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  • 3 to 4 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Spend a morning with some of China’s most famous residents at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center or the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center from Chengdu. Led by a professional panda keeper, meander through the facilities and observe the pandas while you learn about their breeding and life stages. Also, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Red Panda area to learn more about this quiet yet territorial mammal.
  • Half-day tour of the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center or Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center
  • Learn about the different stages of a giant panda’s life, from infancy to adulthood
  • Visit the red panda area to see these quiet but territorial creatures
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
  • Volunteer for Panda (if option selected)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Departure point: Free picking up service from your city hotel or residence in Chengdu (all hotels within 3rd Ring Road), if you stay outside the 3rd Ring Road, then need to be picked up at the main gate of Wuhouci, or please contact us in advance to arrange to be picked up from your hotel or airport and pay extra cost to driver. Return point: Returns to original departure point or can be drop-off at the city center.

What To Expect

Depart from your Chengdu hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic surroundings on the way to either Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center or Chengdu Panda breeding Center. Greet your expert guide at one of the non-profit research and breeding facilities and embark on a guided tour of your selected center. 

Gain fascinating insight into the progression of baby pandas to adult pandas and admire the delicate newborns in a special infant panda area. Continue to enrich your knowledge of the majestic mammals by observing adolescent pandas between the age of one and five; listen to the importance of this vital maturity period and capture photographs of these enchanting and endangered creatures as they relax in their natural environment. 

Scour the trees for vibrant red pandas as your tour comes to a conclusion and then climb aboard your comfortable vehicle for the return journey back to your Chengdu hotel.

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)

Meet your friendly English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby and you’ll head to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. Spend your morning with the cutest, yet impressive, creatures in China! 3 hours inside the Panda Center, tour through the baby and adult panda areas. On a guided tour, visit different sections of the center to get a full overview of a panda’s development. Visit the baby garden, where you can see giant panda cubs born in summer, which weigh only about 3.5 ounces (100 grams) at birth and by the third month are able to walk on their own. Then stop at the sub-adult garden, where the adolescent pandas hang out, and see the adult garden, which houses the giant pandas in all their full-grown glory. Take pictures of this endangered species eating bamboo, sleeping or frolicking about. Finally, visit the red panda section to see these small adorable animals and try to spot the sleeping red pandas stretched out on branches in the red panda garden.

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Volunteer are available. Please consult our customer service for availability for this option.
  • Customers who book the panda volunteer option will tour the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center. The center is approximately 90 minutes away from central Chengdu.
  • Customers who book the panda volunteer option please provide your date of birth.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips


Go early because that’s when the pandas are active and if it’s not not too hot.
This is a great activity that you can easily fit in one afternoon, and the Panda parc is anyway a must do if you go to Chengdu.
Jenny also mentioned that the normal feeding time is between 8am to 9am so we did see a lot of the Pandas eating.
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A Great Time!
Wayne_S, Apr 2021
Our tour guide Heather was awesome! She knew the park very well and made sure we had the best experience possible. Transportation direct from our hotel was perfect. The Center is very nice, not like other zoos I've been to. It was very clean and beautifully designed. I would definitely book this and other tours again with Viator!
Excellent tour
Lindsay_V, Jul 2020
What a great tour! Worley was fantastic as a guide and I highly recommend her! She was well-versed in everything pandas and full of energy. Go early because that’s when the pandas are active and if it’s not not too hot.
Great activity for an afternoon
switch2020, Jan 2020
This is a great activity that you can easily fit in one afternoon, and the Panda parc is anyway a must do if you go to Chengdu. The tour proposed is very convenient with the hotel pickup and drop off (thx to our driver mr. Pan). A special note for the guide ms. Hayley that was assigned by chance. Perfect english, very friendly, helpful and knowlegable, she made the tour a better experience.
Volunteer with Pandas
HJM1772, Dec 2019
The four of us really enjoyed this outing. Be aware that you are volunteering to help at the rescue center - so wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet and/or dirty. There was plenty of time to see all of the pandas, and two opportunities to feed them by hand. The only thing I wish we could have done was actually pet them while feeding, but overall I'd recommend this as a good day trip!
Wow - such a great experinece
Aquaduckgoldcoast, Nov 2019
Kate was my english speaking guide, she was excellent. The tour was excellent. Kate communicated well and I learnt a lot about pandas as well as China. At the panda base, Kate ensured I could see the pandas and had the best viewing for my photos. Go in the morning before it gets busy. Highly recommended !
Cuteness Overload
Julie C, Nov 2019
We only had 1 day in Chengdu and I wanted to see the Great Pandas up close and so we chose the private half day tour with feeding. Our lovely guide for the day was Hayley and she met us nice and early in our hotel. On the way to the Research Centre she was very well prepared and she gave us tons of information about Chengdu along with a map and tips for what to see and how to get there on our own if we had the time. Hayley stayed with us the whole of the day, sorting out our entrance, taking us to the locker rooms to get into our overalls for the day, escorting us round the site to our Pandas that we were looking after for the day, lunch in the staff canteen and back to our car. This made everything so simple as her English was brilliant whereas the staff at the centre struggled a little and our Chinese is non existent. The actual content for the day was so much better than just observing the Pandas as a normal visitor would. We got to clean out their shelters and go into their enclosures to replace the old food with fresh bamboo. We made the cake treats for them and then got to hand feed them twice; once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Although on each occasion, you only get to feed them them 3 pieces of carrot and it lasts no more than a minute - you are face to face with one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet and when he looks into your eyes, it is just heart melting. The experience in my opinion was unmissable. Main Tip for the day: The pandas fall asleep around lunch time and if it is hot and sunny - they take shelter somewhere and you cant see them. So make sure that when you get your free time to walk around before lunch - you make the most of watching them all eating and playing as you may not get the opportunity again if the day gets too hot.At the end of the day Hayley was also able to find out from the driver that he had no further customers after us and so were able to make a private deal to transfer us to the station for our bullet train to our next destination. This really saved us some time having to sort out a taxi with our hotel(which was Chinese and the receptionists could only communicate through a translation app) so this made the end of our day stress free. Thanks to Hayley for making our trip so enjoyable.
Great Day at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center
Nimish_S, Oct 2019
Jenny, our guide, arrived on time and showed us to a clean and comfortable VW Touran. In about 30 minutes we arrived at the Breeding Center where the car park was empty Jenny explained that since this was after the National Holiday and it was better to get there early to beat the traffic / queues which we did not mind at all. Jenny took us around the park. It was very peaceful and tranquil inside. No queues at all as there seemed to be just a handful of people. We were very lucky. Jenny also mentioned that the normal feeding time is between 8am to 9am so we did see a lot of the Pandas eating. We even saw Panda play fighting, and climbing trees. Managed to see the Red Pandas as well. Jenny gave us a lot of information throughout the tour. A great relaxing and enjoyable day. Definitely worth seeing the Pandas. Thank you Jenny.
Panda tour
debbiesH2021MR, Oct 2019
We enjoyed the tour and seeing the pandas. Our guide spoke good English and was able to tell us information about the pandas. The guide was friendly.
Panda maximization!
Karen_J, Aug 2019
Our driver and guide were professional, efficient and friendly. GUIDE: Morley toured us around the Panda Breeding Centre very efficiently maximizing our time and managing our program to see everything without being impeded by crowds. DRIVER: Mr Chen arrived at our hotel 1/2 hr early, identified himself and invited us to continue having our breakfast. This left us feeling secure all was set for the day. In addition, both Morley and Mr Chen went out of their way to assist us with other travel details too - so generous and much appreciated. TOUR SUMMARY: Aside from the travel details the number of pandas we saw was incredible .. an absolutely fantastic and memorable half day - highly, highly recommended
1/2 Day Panda Breeding Panda Tour
Jeffrey_S, Aug 2019
Our guide Haley was amazing, she provided detailed information on the facility and the pandas. We were able to see the newborn pandas and had a great day thanks to Haley.
Worley Is A Wonderful Guide!
Laura_H, Jun 2019
Worley was our guide for a trip to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. She is a knowledgeable and capable guide, and also a lovely and kind person! She picked us up from our hotel in Chengdu, took us to the park, walked us through the park for about two hours, then dropped us off back at our hotel. It was a pleasure to spend that time with her-- she expertly guided us around the park, and was clearly passionate about the pandas and her job. Her genuine excitement greatly enriched our own experience! She took us around the park efficiently but without rushing us-- she could sense when we wanted to linger and when we were ready to move on. She also helped us to easily navigate the crowds and find the best viewing angles. She was super knowledgable and clearly answered all of our questions, and was a pleasure to talk to! She even gave us great recommendations for things to do and see after our tour was over. We would highly recommend booking a tour with Worley-- she mentioned that in addition to panda tours, she also takes groups on cultural and food tours of Chengdu. We're sure that they would be just as great an experience as our tour!
Great Tour
Richard B, May 2019
Worley was an awesome guide and great communicator before, during and after the tour. She was super knowledgable about all the pandas and the reserve, which added great context to the amazing sights we were seeing. We were lucky enough to see active pandas early in the morning. Keep in mind you can't take pictures next to them any more, but I'd still suggest hiring Worley's team over venturing alone, as it makes the experience much more fun, efficient and enriching. Thanks again!
This tour was great, and just as...
Christina K, Apr 2018
This tour was great, and just as advertised. Worley was an awesome tour guide, and knew so much about Chengdu and pandas. We were picked up promptly at 7:30am at our hotel, and were taken to the Panda Breeding Center. We were able to tour the facility and see all the pandas before getting ready for our photo with the panda! It was 20 seconds or so with the panda, who was sitting and eating bamboo the whole time. It was amazing though, and definitely worth it. Thanks again to Worley for all the information she provided and the fantastic tour!
I took this tour back in November...
Timothy F, Jan 2018
I took this tour back in November. Worley met me at the hotel promptly and we headed toward the panda center about an hour away. She was full of information about the center and the city of Chengdu. Worley clearly was passionate about pandas and made the perfect host for the day! We spent the afternoon at the center. Worley helped find the best vantage points for views and photographs. This was one of the most memorable aspects of an incredible 2 week trip to China. I highly recommend this tour!
It was amazing experience. Panda cub...
Seiko M, Dec 2017
It was amazing experience. Panda cub was so cute and was able to hold her about half minute. Our tour guide Jenny was super nice and lovely. She was punctual and spoke English really well. She explained lot about Chengdu and pandas and gave lot of tips what to do and where to go in Chengdu. Must do!
A highly enjoyable day. The Panda...
ffej52, Dec 2017
A highly enjoyable day. The Panda Center is laid out remarkably well. The panda areas are spacious, natural and highly viewable. What a treat. And, as a bonus, our Viator guide was delightfully personable, well informed and quite conversive in English. Thank you for the experience.
Best tour guide and driver ever...
Najat A, Dec 2017
Best tour guide and driver ever, thoroughly enjoyed our trip
The guide was very good. We saw a...
louis s, Nov 2017
The guide was very good. We saw a lot of pandas. I only wish we had more than five minutes sitting with the panda.
This was changed to a full day...
mauve5000, Nov 2017
This was changed to a full day Wolong panda volunteer. Met at my hotel by Worley and driver right on time. A couple of hours drive to the reserve. Worley gave me a lot of panda and Chengdu information. She loves the pandas very much. The day was wonderful only 3 of us as volunteers. Well organized. We cleaned the enclosures, we swept up the floors, we feed the pandas and made from scratch the panda cakes. I took the optional panda picture opportunity with a one year old panda. Ive got some amazing pictures. Lots of opportunities to walk around the reserve. They are dedicated to saving pandas.
My panda experience was great. I was...
Daniel N, Nov 2017
My panda experience was great. I was picked up at my hotel on time and guided by Worley. She was very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. Definitely recommend this experience.
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